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Nudgee College has been part of 'the battle' for the Sir John Goodwin Cup, the GPS Track and Field Championships, since 1918.  Success came early, tying with TSS in 1919 and over the course of time, Nudgee College has won on 13 occasions, winning back to back championships in:

  • 1920 and 1921
  • 1969 and 1970
  • 1996 and 1997 

Great athletes through these years were P. W. Cleary (Shot), J. J. Rasmussen (800m and 1500m) and R. R. Rankin (800m). 

Undoubtedly the two greatest athletes to pass through the College were Graeme McLachlan and G. P. Chee. In 1940, Graham McLachlan set the GPS 100 yards (Open) record of 9.8 seconds and it was never broken, even after the event became 100m in 1969. The same year McLachlan set the GPS Long Jump record of 6.92m. This became a Nudgee College record which lasted until 1994 when Ben Gordon jumped 6.98m.

In a lean period of success for all Nudgee College sport from the early 70s to mid-80s, one achievement by a Nudgee College athlete remains the stuff of legend… The Nudgee College team of 1979 was blessed with abundant talent in its U15 ranks. An indication of its strength can be seen in the U16 4x100M record set in 1980, where this group set a GPS record to live long into the future. In 1979, Mark Roberts would handle the U15 sprinting duties and a brilliant young athlete, John Graham, was given the task of running up in the U16 age group.

Fate didn’t hand John and the team a great hand when drawing the outside lane 9! Graham didn’t let this deter him however, and when the gun went, he shot off with break-neck speed. On the inside, lane 1, was U16 State 400m Champion, Michael Gretler from BSHS. With the younger Johnny Graham clearly in his sights, Gretler had a huge advantage. The ‘Big N’ team that year was camped at the top of the straight (behind the 100m start) and as the combatants passed, Graham appeared to just have the edge on the older State High runner! Surely he couldn’t hang on? The crowd went wild as they fought it out to the line with Graham stopping the clock at 49.9 … and victory! This time stands as the College U15 record!!

As the other athlete with claim to being Nudgee College’s finest of all time, Bernard Chee's record of never being beaten in five years at GPS competition over 100, 200 and 400m is phenomenal. Whilst at school he was the holder of the Queensland Under 20 (and Nudgee College) Long Jump record of 7.57m, and until 2010 held the college 200m record of 21.42sec.

The turn of the millennium was a dazzling time for Nudgee College Track and Field with the College pulling off the coup of hosting BOTH the Australian and USA Olympic teams in the lead-up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Both teams had their final training camps on the purpose laid Hendry Oval track amid high security and media attention. The cherry on top was a wonderful “International Meet” held on Hendry; a lead-up comp to the Games where the glittering career of Kim Collins burst onto the scene by winning the 100m as an unknown, before later medalling in Sydney!

In the first decade of the new century, Nudgee College won ‘GEEPS’ in 2006 and 2010. Captain in 2006, Nick Toohey’s illustrious schoolboy career included representing Australia in 800m at both World Youth (Morocco) and World Junior Championships (Beijing). Nick’s impact on the College records with 1:48.95 (800m) and 3:52.89 (1500m) is simply staggering! 

Another member of the 2006 team and impressive all round athlete, Cameron Lane completed his five years of GPS Track and Field with the remarkable feat of winning all five Discus titles from 2005-2009.

From amongst an outstanding team in 2010, team co-captain Yarnell Fischer produced an amazing sprint double, breaking Bernie Chee’s 200m College record (clocking 21.34sec), the legendry Lynton Johnston’s 23 year old GPS 100m record (10.68s) and Braden Fraser’s College record (10.69s) by stopping the watch at 10.66sec!

This is but a mere glimpse of the rich history and many wonderful feats achieved by Nudgee College men through many years of GPS competition. Their legacy lives on in today’s athletes striving to live up to the deeds of 10,000 brothers, and create their own ‘legends’.